Florida AG Pam Bondi co-hosts Fox News show three days in a row

Florida AG Pam Bondi co-hosts Fox News show three days in a row
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) spent three consecutive days last week co-hosting a Fox News program, raising potential ethics concerns.

Bondi, who still has four months left in her term as Florida's attorney general, subbed in as a co-host on Fox News's "The Five" from Wednesday through Friday last week, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Bondi’s spokeswoman Kylie Mason told the Times that the attorney general reached out to the Florida Commission on Ethics, which oversees conduct of public officials, before co-hosting “The Five.”


Mason said Tallahassee lawyer Richard Coates "spoke to the Commission on behalf of the Attorney General" but didn’t tell the Times details of their conversation.

Fox News said in a statement reported by the Times that the ethics commission "cleared Pam Bondi to appear as a co-host of The Five and travel to New York."

However, commission spokeswoman Kerrie Stillman told the Times on Monday that the commission had not rendered an opinion, according to the report.

In his conversation with Coates, ethics commission general counsel Chris Anderson "did not express a view as to whether Mr. Coates' scenario would or would not violate the Code of Ethics," Stillman told the newspaper. 

Mason defended Bondi’s appearances on Fox News, saying that Bondi “is often on national news.”

"The attorney general is always working, she is available 24/7 and works even when out of the state," she told the Times.

The newspaper reported that Bondi, a two-term attorney general, has considered cable television as a potential landing spot after she leaves office in January.

Psyched about The Five today!

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